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Damage Reported From Magnitude-5.7 Quake in California

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Residents in rural northeastern California assessed damage to their homes and businesses Friday from a magnitude-5.7 earthquake.

According to University of Nevada, Reno's Seismology Lab the 5.7 magnitude earthquake took place at exactly 8:47 p.m. 31 km North Northwest of Quincy, California. It was centered at a depth of 7.69 km below the surface.

At least three houses had moderate damage including collapsed chimneys and cracked plaster. County officials said the total damage isn't yet known because many homes in the area are seasonal and unoccupied.

Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood added supermarkets and other stores "had a lot of things come off the shelves."

Damages were also reported in several areas near Lake Almanor. Residents lost power for a period of time but it has since been restored. A boil water order is in effect near the lake after a water main broke. Sheriff Hagwood says repairs are being made and the order will be lifted after the water can be tested.

More than 35 after shocks have been felt in the area.

Pacific Gas & Electric said about 660 customers lost power on the southwestern edge of Lake Almanor at about 9:39 p.m. Thursday.

Almanor North and South Campgrounds remain open to the public as well as the Canyon Dam Boat Launch and Canyon Dam Day Use Area. Rocky Point Campground on Lake Almanor and Ponderosa Flat Campground on Butt Lake are open as well.

No events have been canceled in the Lake Almanor area due to this incident.

Susan Shephard and her husband Alan Shephard, who run the Quail Lodge at Lake Almanor near Greenville very close to the epicenter, said they were watching "The Hunger Games" on TV when the whole building started shaking.

"All of a sudden things started falling off the shelves, mirrors fell off the wall, vases fell down to the floor, everything started crashing," Shephard told the Redding Record-Searchlight. "It felt like the end of our world."

The Susanville Fire Department said it had received no reports of damage, and a Plumas County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said calls were flooding into its office but no reports of damage.

Thousands of people reported feeling the quake, as far away as the San Francisco Bay area and across the borders into Oregon and Nevada, according to the USGS website.

KCRA-TV in Sacramento reported that the Plumas County temblor was felt in downtown Sacramento, about 145 miles south of the epicenter.

People in Yuba and Sutter Counties, south of Plumas, said they felt a rolling quake, according to the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.

"People in the area felt a strong jolt, but it was not enough to generate serious damage, based on early field reports," said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.

(The Associated Press)

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